Career Ladders Phase II Guide Book Now Available

hough much has been written about Ontario’s skills gap as the economy continues to emerge from the recession, many workers have been left out of the recovery – facing difficulties both finding and maintaining employment. Yet at the same time, many employers indicate that they cannot find the people with the skills required to sustain and grow their business. ‘Career Ladders’ – an approach designed to enhance the skills of vulnerable adults and move them into better jobs, as well as support employers looking to upskill their workforce – has been showing promise in countries across the world. Over the past year, Essential Skills Ontario, Literacy Link South Central (LLSC), Literacy Network of Durham Region (LiNDR) and Literacy Northwest (LNW) have been working to design platforms for three communities in Ontario to develop and build local industry-specific career ladders.

Funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU), Career Ladders: The Next Step in Three Communities was the second phase of a two-part career ladders initiative, where we assessed the viability of career ladders in three communities in the Durham, Brant and Thunder Bay regions. Through this work, we developed a guide book – Career Ladders at Two – which addresses training development and steps towards implementation of career ladders in the Ontario context. The work in the second phase was substantively directed towards determining the ability of each community to mobilize around the training requirements of Career Ladders, pinpointing sector requirements for up-skilling and beginning to organize the community around concepts of Career Ladders delivery and candidate support. This guide is the follow up to the first in the career ladders guides – Career Ladders at One.

ESO and our partners, LLSC, LiNDR and LNW, also invite you to join us Wednesday, April 22 from 1:30-2:30PM ET for our webinar – Developing Career Ladder Pilots in Ontario. In this free, one hour webinar, participants will be provided information on:

• The Career Ladders concept and recommendations from Phase I
• The overall deliverables of Phase II
• The training asset map and implementation plan process
• Lessons learned from pilot site activities

There will be time for questions at the end of the webinar. To register for the webinar please visit:

To download Career Ladders at Two, please click here.
To download Career Ladders at One, please click here.

News Date:
Friday, April 10, 2015

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